by Todd Strasser
Character Role Analysis
The Wave has a lot to do with leadership, with how people act when they have the power to lead or guide others. The jury's still out on whether Ben is a good leader. We could argue that he breached his students' trust by exposing them to The Wave and getting too caught up in his role as leader. But we could also argue that he ultimately redeems himself because he finds a way to stop The Wave and helps his students learn a valuable lesson. How do you feel about Ben as a guide? Does he cut it?